Commercial Metals Company Reports Third Quarter Earnings Per Share Of $0.16 And Announces Quarterly Dividend Of $0.12 Per Share

27 Jun, 2013, 07:00 ET from Commercial Metals Company

IRVING, Texas, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended May 31, 2013.  Net earnings for the third quarter were $19.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.8 billion.  This compares to net earnings of $40.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.0 billion for the three months ended May 31, 2012.  Continuing operations for this year's third quarter included after-tax LIFO income of $10.7 million ($0.09 per diluted share), compared with after-tax LIFO expense of $3.0 million ($0.03 per diluted share) for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  In addition, the quarter ended May 31, 2012 included an $11.5 million ($0.10 per diluted share) research and development tax benefit.  Adjusted operating profit was $55.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with adjusted operating profit of $70.4 million for the prior year's third quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA was $89.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $104.3 million for the prior year's third quarter.

On May 20, 2013, the Company completed the public offering of $330 million in aggregate principal amount of its 4.875% senior notes due 2023.  Net proceeds of approximately $325 million from the issuance and sale of these notes has been used to redeem the Company's $200 million of 5.625% notes due November 2013, of which approximately 30% was redeemed in May 2013 while the remaining 70% was redeemed on June 19, 2013.  The remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

Joe Alvarado, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO, commented, "Our results for the third quarter ended May 31, 2013 are generally consistent with our outlook from last quarter.  We experienced improvements over the second quarter of fiscal 2013 in all of our business segments except our Americas Mills segment.  Sequentially, shipments were up across the board consistent with seasonal trends.  However, on a year over year basis, a modest improvement in rebar shipments was more than offset by weaker shipment levels of merchant and light structural products contributing to lower levels of profitability in our Americas Mills segment. We are pleased with the improved financial performance of our Americas Fabrication segment recording its best adjusted operating profit since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.  Furthermore, the Americas Fabrication segment has reported positive adjusted operating profit for 4 of the last 5 quarters."

On June 26, 2013, the board of directors of CMC declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share for shareholders of record on July 9, 2013.  The dividend will be paid on July 23, 2013.

Business Segments

Our Americas Recycling segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $3.2 million for the third quarter of this fiscal year, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $3.9 million in the prior year's third quarter. Ferrous selling prices declined 6% to $331 per ton when compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Additionally, ferrous and nonferrous margins were lower in this year's third quarter when compared to the prior year's third quarter.  LIFO increased by $7.7 million to LIFO income of $4.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from LIFO expense of $3.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Our Americas Mills segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $47.5 million for this year's third quarter, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $59.3 million in the prior year's third quarter.  Billet shipments declined during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same quarter in the prior year. However, our rebar shipments during this year's third quarter were up when compared to the same quarter in the prior year.  In addition, during this year's third quarter, we experienced lower margins on our merchant products due to import pressure, although our rebar margins improved as compared to the prior year's third quarter.  Conversion costs during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 improved 1% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Our Americas Fabrication segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $13.5 million for this year's third quarter, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $0.2 million for the prior year's third quarter.  This operating improvement is mostly due to expanding margins on the heels of declining raw material input prices.  Shipments declined 7% in this year's third quarter compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  LIFO increased $5.1 million to LIFO income of $3.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from LIFO expense of $1.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Our International Mill segment recorded an adjusted operating loss of $3.8 million for the third quarter of this year, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $1.3 million in the prior year's third quarter.  Volumes declined 13%, or approximately 49 thousand tons, primarily related to our merchant and wire rod products.  However, the adjusted operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 narrowed when compared to the second quarter of this fiscal year on better shipments and improving margins.  The lack of meaningful market improvements across Europe continued to challenge this segment.

Our International Marketing and Distribution segment recorded an adjusted operating profit of $7.7 million for this year's third quarter, compared with an adjusted operating profit of $23.3 million in the prior year's third quarter.  Decreased revenues and margins in our raw materials business and losses from our Australian operations adversely affected this segment's results. Construction markets in Australia continued to display weakness while the most recent Australian GDP growth is softening at a reported 2.2%. Overall weakness in the global markets we serve continued to negatively impact this segment's results.

Year to Date Results

Net earnings for the nine months ended May 31, 2013 were $73.3 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, on net sales of $5.3 billion, compared with net earnings of $177.3 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, on net sales of $6.0 billion for the nine months ended May 31, 2012.  Continuing operations for the nine months ended May 31, 2013 included an after-tax gain of $17.0 million ($0.14 per diluted share) associated with the sale of the Company's 11% ownership interest in Trinecke Zelezarny, a.s., a Czech Republic joint-stock company.  Continuing operations for the nine months ended May 31, 2012 included $102.1 million ($0.88 per diluted share) in tax benefits related to ordinary worthless stock and bad debt deductions from the Company's former investment in its Croatian subsidiary.  The Company recorded after-tax LIFO income of $26.1 million ($0.22 per diluted share) for the nine months ended May 31, 2013, compared with after-tax LIFO income of $11.3 million ($0.10 per diluted share) for the nine months ended May 31, 2012.  For the nine months ended May 31, 2013, adjusted operating profit was $173.0 million, compared with $154.6 million for the nine months ended May 31, 2012.  Adjusted EBITDA was $275.5 million, compared with $255.1 million for the nine months ended May 31, 2012.

Outlook

Alvarado concluded, "Operationally, we anticipate results during our fiscal fourth quarter to be similar to our results for the quarter ended May 31, 2013. Non-residential construction in the U.S. is showing some regional improvement but still lacks signs of a broad-based recovery.  Sequentially, our International Mill segment should continue to show progress as compared to this year's third quarter, mostly due to improved shipment volumes.  With that, we expect recovery in the European markets will continue to lag behind the rest of the globe. Our International Marketing and Distribution segment will be challenged until the global markets in which we operate display sustained improvements." 

Conference Call

CMC invites you to listen to a live broadcast of its third quarter of fiscal 2013 conference call today, Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. ETJoe Alvarado, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, and Barbara Smith, Senior Vice President and CFO, will host the call.  The call is accessible via our website at www.cmc.com.  In the event you are unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived and available for replay on our website on the next business day.  Financial and statistical information presented in the webcast will be located on CMC's website under "Investors."

About Commercial Metals Company

Commercial Metals Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and market steel and metal products, related materials and services through a network including steel minimills, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, a copper tube mill, metal recycling facilities and marketing and distribution offices in the United States and in strategic international markets.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's expectations relating to the Company's future results, economic conditions, demand and market conditions.  These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as we, CMC or its management, "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "intends," "plans to," "ought," "could," "will," "should," "likely," "appears" or other similar words or phrases. There are inherent risks and uncertainties in any forward-looking statements. Although we believe that our expectations are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially.  Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or otherwise.

Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the following: absence of global economic recovery or possible recession relapse and the pace of overall global economic activity; construction activity or lack thereof; decisions by governments affecting the level of steel imports, including tariffs and duties; difficulties or delays in the execution of construction contracts resulting in cost overruns or contract disputes;  metals pricing over which the Company exerts little influence; increased capacity and product availability from competing steel minimills and other steel suppliers, including import quantities and pricing; execution of cost reduction strategies;  industry consolidation or changes in production capacity or utilization;  currency fluctuations;  availability and pricing of raw materials, including scrap metal, energy, insurance and supply prices; passage of new, or interpretation of existing, environmental laws and regulations;  and those factors listed under Item 1A "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012.

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY

OPERATING STATISTICS AND BUSINESS SEGMENTS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

(short tons in thousands)

05/31/13

05/31/12

05/31/13

05/31/12

Americas Recycling tons shipped

588

648

1,724

1,857

Americas Steel Mills rebar shipments

369

357

1,066

986

Americas Steel Mills structural and other shipments

271

338

842

994

Total Americas Steel Mills tons shipped

640

695

1,908

1,980

International Mill shipments

325

374

947

1,164

Americas Steel Mills average FOB selling price (total sales)

$

671

$

715

$

674

$

716

Americas Steel Mills average cost ferrous scrap utilized

$

352

$

393

$

347

$

390

Americas Steel Mills metal margin

$

319

$

322

$

327

$

326

Americas Steel Mills average ferrous scrap purchase price

$

306

$

352

$

302

$

349

International Mill average FOB selling price (total sales)

$

582

$

624

$

596

$

613

International Mill average cost ferrous scrap utilized

$

348

$

411

$

369

$

396

International Mill metal margin

$

234

$

213

$

227

$

217

International Mill average ferrous scrap purchase price

$

277

$

330

$

299

$

323

Americas Fabrication rebar shipments

234

255

663

660

Americas Fabrication structural and post shipments

43

43

115

115

Total Americas Fabrication tons shipped

277

298

778

775

Americas Fabrication average selling price (excluding stock and buyout sales)

$

946

$

906

$

945

$

900

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Net sales

05/31/13

05/31/12

05/31/13

05/31/12

Americas Recycling

$

341,743

$

412,412

$

1,045,078

$

1,246,861

Americas Mills

503,692

565,125

1,476,735

1,616,506

Americas Fabrication

383,800

379,326

1,058,358

1,000,687

International Mill

200,752

251,838

602,584

765,109

International Marketing and Distribution

593,804

683,408

1,852,328

2,116,834

Corporate

3,888

(675)

10,348

4,676

Eliminations

(233,373)

(284,705)

(732,225)

(800,380)

Total net sales

$

1,794,306

$

2,006,729

$

5,313,206

$

5,950,293

Adjusted operating profit (loss)

Americas Recycling

$

3,155

$

3,895

$

9,892

$

31,100

Americas Mills

47,511

59,285

148,802

171,617

Americas Fabrication

13,499

199

19,879

(17,150)

International Mill

(3,831)

1,277

(7,108)

17,691

International Marketing and Distribution

7,728

23,346

51,837

45,799

Corporate

(14,834)

(20,110)

(51,398)

(64,314)

Eliminations

2,524

(122)

780

(8,613)

Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations

55,752

67,770

172,684

176,130

Adjusted operating profit (loss) from discontinued operations

1

2,622

343

(21,543)

Adjusted operating profit

$

55,753

$

70,392

$

173,027

$

154,587

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

(in thousands, except share data)

05/31/13

05/31/12

05/31/13

05/31/12

Net sales

$

1,794,306

$

2,006,729

$

5,313,206

$

5,950,293

Costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold

1,616,784

1,822,520

4,805,127

5,410,770

Selling, general and administrative expenses

122,780

118,050

364,605

368,462

Gain on sale of cost method investment

(26,088)

Interest expense

18,043

19,605

51,557

51,945

1,757,607

1,960,175

5,195,201

5,831,177

Earnings from continuing operations before taxes

36,699

46,554

118,005

119,116

Income taxes (benefit)

17,737

7,488

44,969

(72,824)

Earnings from continuing operations

18,962

39,066

73,036

191,940

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations before taxes

1

2,429

343

(22,780)

Income taxes (benefit)

812

120

(8,112)

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

1

1,617

223

(14,668)

Net earnings

18,963

40,683

73,259

177,272

Less net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1)

1

1

3

Net earnings attributable to CMC

$

18,964

$

40,682

$

73,258

$

177,269

Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to CMC:

Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.16

$

0.34

$

0.63

$

1.65

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

0.01

(0.12)

Net earnings

$

0.16

$

0.35

$

0.63

$

1.53

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to CMC:

Earnings from continuing operations

$

0.16

$

0.34

$

0.62

$

1.64

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

0.01

(0.12)

Net earnings

$

0.16

$

0.35

$

0.62

$

1.52

Cash dividends per share

$

0.12

$

0.12

$

0.36

$

0.36

Average basic shares outstanding

116,845,542

115,946,691

116,589,382

115,726,793

Average diluted shares outstanding

117,703,590

116,934,840

117,456,756

116,742,593

 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

May 31,

2013

August 31,

2012

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

453,269

$

262,422

Accounts receivable, net

960,471

958,364

Inventories, net

829,341

807,923

Other

183,789

211,122

Total current assets

2,426,870

2,239,831

Net property, plant and equipment

953,721

994,304

Goodwill

76,353

76,897

Other assets

130,722

130,214

  Total assets

$

3,587,666

$

3,441,246

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable-trade

$

311,099

$

433,132

Accounts payable-documentary letters of credit

93,580

95,870

Accrued expenses and other payables

314,868

343,337

Notes payable

24,543

Current maturities of long-term debt

144,162

4,252

Total current liabilities

863,709

901,134

Deferred income taxes

50,321

20,271

Other long-term liabilities

114,338

116,261

Long-term debt

1,277,581

1,157,073

  Total liabilities

2,305,949

2,194,739

Stockholders' equity attributable to CMC

1,281,564

1,246,368

Stockholders' equity attributable to noncontrolling interests

153

139

Total equity

1,281,717

1,246,507

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

3,587,666

$

3,441,246

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

Nine Months Ended

(in thousands)

05/31/13

05/31/12

Cash flows from (used by) operating activities:

Net earnings

$

73,259

$

177,272

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash flows from (used by) operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

102,164

103,941

Provision for losses on receivables, net

3,349

785

Share-based compensation

13,528

9,196

Amortization of interest rate swaps termination gain

(8,723)

(2,908)

Net loss on debt extinguishment

1,502

Deferred income taxes (benefit)

44,371

(67,497)

Tax benefits from stock plans

(6)

(58)

Net gain on sale of cost method investment and other

(25,999)

(1,134)

Write-down of inventory

2,310

9,305

Asset impairment

3,434

1,628

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(12,189)

4,157

Accounts receivable sold (repurchased), net

(2,292)

23,891

Inventories

(32,321)

(8,130)

Other assets

5,128

17,854

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other payables

(148,030)

(145,900)

Other long-term liabilities

(1,962)

12,433

Net cash flows from (used by) operating activities

17,523

134,835

Cash flows from (used by) investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(63,008)

(82,505)

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and other

11,164

11,371

Proceeds from the sale of cost method investment

28,995

Decrease in deposit for letters of credit

30,404

Net cash flows from (used by) investing activities

(22,849)

(40,730)

Cash flows from (used by) financing activities:

Increase (decrease) in documentary letters of credit

395

(59,492)

Short-term borrowings, net change

(25,595)

38,091

Repayments on long-term debt

(63,442)

(63,542)

Proceeds from termination of interest rate swaps

52,733

Stock issued under incentive and purchase plans, net of forfeitures

1,347

1,488

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

330,000

Payments for debt issuance costs

(4,125)

Debt extinguishment costs

(1,502)

Cash dividends

(41,990)

(41,657)

Contribution from (purchase of) noncontrolling interests

13

(46)

Tax benefits from stock plans

6

58

Net cash flows from (used by) financing activities

195,107

(72,367)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

1,066

(10,469)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

190,847

11,269

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

262,422

222,390

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

453,269

$

233,659

 

COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED) (dollars in thousands)

This press release contains financial measures not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided below.

Adjusted Operating Profit (Loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management uses adjusted operating profit (loss) to evaluate the financial performance of the Company. Adjusted operating profit (loss) is the sum of our earnings (loss) before income taxes, outside financing costs and discounts on sales of accounts receivable. For added flexibility, we may sell certain accounts receivable both in the U.S. and internationally. We consider sales of receivables as an alternative source of liquidity to finance our operations and believe that removing these costs provides a clearer perspective of the Company's operating performance. Adjusted operating profit (loss) may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

(in thousands)

05/31/13

05/31/12

05/31/13

05/31/12

Earnings from continuing operations

$

18,962

$

39,066

$

73,036

$

191,940

Income taxes (benefit)

17,737

7,488

44,969

(72,824)

Interest expense

18,043

19,605

51,557

51,945

Discounts on sales of accounts receivable

1,010

1,611

3,122

5,069

Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations

55,752

67,770

172,684

176,130

Adjusted operating profit (loss) from discontinued operations

1

2,622

343

(21,543)

Adjusted operating profit

$

55,753

$

70,392

$

173,027

$

154,587

 

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is the sum of our earnings (loss) before income taxes, outside financing costs and net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests. It also excludes the Company's largest recurring non-cash charge, depreciation and amortization, as well as impairment charges. As a measure of cash flow before interest expense, adjusted EBITDA is one guideline management uses to assess the Company's ability to pay its current debt obligations as they mature and as a tool to calculate possible future levels of leverage capacity. Adjusted EBITDA to interest is a covenant test in certain of the Company's debt agreements. Additionally, adjusted EBITDA is one measure used to assess the Company's unleveraged performance return on its investments. Adjusted EBITDA is also the target benchmark for our annual and long-term cash incentive performance plans for management.  Adjusted EBITDA may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

(in thousands)

05/31/13

05/31/12

05/31/13

05/31/12

Earnings from continuing operations

$

18,962

$

39,066

$

73,036

$

191,940

Interest expense

18,043

19,605

51,557

51,945

Income taxes (benefit)

17,737

7,488

44,969

(72,824)

Depreciation, amortization and impairment charges

34,533

34,790

105,598

103,391

Loss (earnings) attributable to noncontrolling interests

1

(1)

(1)

(3)

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

89,276

100,948

275,159

274,449

Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued operations

1

3,309

343

(19,365)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

89,277

$

104,257

$

275,502

$

255,084

 

Adjusted EBITDA to interest for the quarter ended May 31, 2013:

$89,277

/

$18,043

=

4.9

Total Capitalization:

Total capitalization is the sum of long-term debt, deferred income taxes, and stockholders' equity. The ratio of debt to total capitalization is a measure of current debt leverage. The following reconciles total capitalization on May 31, 2013 to the most comparable GAAP measure, stockholders' equity:

Stockholders' equity attributable to CMC

$

1,281,564

Long-term debt

1,277,581

Deferred income taxes

50,321

Total capitalization

$

2,609,466

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Long-term debt to capitalization ratio as of May 31, 2013:

$1,277,581

/

$2,609,466

=

49.0%

Total debt to capitalization plus short-term debt plus notes payable ratio as of May 31, 2013:

( $ 1,277,581

+

$144,162

+$

)

/

( $ 2,609,466

+

$144,162

+$

 

)

=

51.6%

Current ratio as of May 31, 2013:

Current assets divided by current liabilities

$2,426,870

/

$863,709

=

2.8

SOURCE Commercial Metals Company



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